There is no doubt about the fact that wireless internet connectivity has changed the face of communication. It has facilitated multiple electronic devices to stay connected with Internet without the need of a wired connection. But as it always happens, this sophistication also brought a few dangers with it. The need for security has become vital. In other words, if your WiFi connection is not secure you may face multiple unwanted problems. Some of the most common problems are:
- You may experience an increase in your monthly internet bill as somebody else might be using your data package secretly.
- You may experience decrease in your overall connection speed. The reason is obviously that somebody else might be sharing your internet connection with you, and that too without your knowledge.
- Most importantly, your computer might be hacked and somebody may be peeping into your computer to steal sensitive information.
Yes, if your Wireless connection is not secure you my experience any one or all of the abovementioned problems. So, what is the way out? How to ensure an enhanced security for your WiFi ?
I am going discuss a few very important security setups to make sure that you are able to use internet without any worry.
Go to your Router’s settings page Let’s first understand how you can access your router’s configuration page from your computer. In most of the cases you can access the settings page by visiting 192.168.1.1 from a web browser. However, it can be different for different manufacturers. Refer the given manual for more information.
Okay, so when you go the URL, it will ask you for Username and Password. Enter the correct login credentials. Your router comes with a set of default login details, refer to the manual for more information.
Change the default password Once you are logged in, look for the option to change your password. Keep it a combination of letters, number, and symbol. Avoid using passwords like Administrator, Myrouter, Password, Mypassword, admin123 etc. Such password can very easily be guessed, and if so, somebody else can start using your connection. See a list of default passwords here – http://www.cirt.net/passwords. Make sure you are not using similar passwords.
Change the SSID name SSID name is the name of your connection. Usually, you will find the name of the manufacturer as the default SSID name, like Netgear, Cisco etc. Change it and give your connection a nice name so that you easily identify at the time of making connections to it.
Filter MAC address: MAC address is a set of unique numbers that identifies a device on a network. It has not to anything to Apple MAC. Under the router settings page, you will find an option for MAC Filtering. Enter the MAC address of all the devices you will generally be connecting through WiFi, and activate filtering. Doing so makes sure that your router will not allow any other devices to connect to it.
To check the MAC address of your computer, go to commend prompt and type ipconfig /all.
Enable Encryption: You can choose different encryption methods to secure your wireless connection. They can be WEP, WPA (WPA-Personal), and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2). WEP is the most basic encryption method and for this reason, it is the least secure of all. WPA2 is the advisable option for your configuration.
Update your router’s firmware: Make sure that your router’s firmware is up to date all the time. If you do not keep it updated, your connection will become more prone for security breaches.
Doing all these setups on your Router will ensure that your connection is secured and nobody is able to hack your connection.
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